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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Information for New Graduate Students

Before Arrival on Campus


Each student, admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is responsible for becoming familiar with the general regulations of the Graduate School as stated in the “Policies” section of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bulletin and with the more specific requirements stated in the individual section on each department, division, or program which may go beyond, or supplement, the Graduate School standards.

If necessary, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences staff is available to interpret or clarify any rule or regulation.

Boston University does not permit a student to enroll simultaneously in more than one graduate program either within Boston University or at another institution, unless those programs have been previously approved by the Trustees of Boston University as a combined degree program.

In order to register:

  • Boston University requires all students studying on Massachusetts campuses must provide a BUAlert phone number.
  • Boston University requires all students to Settle their Financial Obligation each semester.
  • Massachusetts law requires that all full-time and many part-time students be Immunized against a number of diseases in order to attend a university in the Commonwealth.
  • The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires that all out-of-state students sign an acknowledgement that they have been informed of the law. (Compliance required in the Fall semester only)

Check the Student Link to ensure you have met these requirements. Students not in compliance will be unable to register for future semesters.

Student Health Services

Please visit the BU Student Health Services website for important information regarding required medical forms and immunizations.

Student Health Services

Final Transcript

Please make sure that all your previous degrees are accurately reflected on your record. You can verify this information on your account using the following instructions:

  • From the StudentLink homepage, select the Academics tab
  • On the Academics page, select “Diploma and Graduation Information”
  • On this page, all your previous degrees should be listed.

If you have submitted your final transcript(s) with the degree conferred or awarded, but do not see this information reflected on your StudentLink account, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Office at 617-353-2696 for more information.

If you have not submitted your final transcript(s) in sealed envelopes from your institution as requested in your admission letter, please bring the transcript(s) to the Graduate School Admissions Office as soon as possible so that we can update your record to reflect all previous degrees conferred. We are located at 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112.

Please note that if you received your degree from a Chinese institution, you must submit your degree certificates in the sealed envelope from your institution. If you are not able to request your institution send the degree certificates in a sealed envelope, you will need to send the degree certificates through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

Rapid Transit

We can just about guarantee you’ll make extensive use of Boston’s rapid transit system (the MBTA, or simply, “the T”) while you are a student at BU.

Boston University is located at several stops along the Boston College branch (B Line) of the Green Line.

Schedules and fares

The MBTA’s Fall Semester Pass Program allows students to pre-pay for their four monthly “T” passes (Dates TBA) and thereby save approximately 11% off the regular monthly “T” pass price. The deadline for the Fall 2014 Semester Pass Program is 4PM EST on August 4, 2014.

After Arrival on Campus


Registration will take place in your department. Contact your department for specific information on dates of advising and registration.

Some departments allow students to register using WebReg, BU’s web-based registration system. If your department allows you to register online, look over the instructions.  You will receive an Advising Code from your department to access WebReg.

For those students whose departments will process registration forms, check with the department staff for more information.

The Continuing Study and Certified Full-time Status Form contains information for students registering for less than 12 credit hours who are eligible to be certified as a full-time student.  Visa regulations require that most international students register as full-time students either by course registration or by certification.

PhD students registering for credits and receiving a full-fellowship are automatically granted full-time status and are not required to submit a Continuing Study and Certified Full-time Status Form. PhD students who are not registering for credits or are not receiving a full-fellowship, please read the description under each status for instructions on completing the form.

Master’s students who are registering for less than twelve credits and are eligible to be certified for full-time study should read the description under each status for instructions on completing this form. The Continuing Study and Certified Full-time Status Form is not acceptable without the signatures of both your major advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies or the Department Chair.  Terms of eligibility are printed on the form.

Registration Information

Personal Data and Address Update

Students are reminded that, in accordance with the Code of Student Responsibilities (Appendix 15), current addresses must be on file with the University. We ask that you provide this information via the University’s online Student Link. Please be advised that addresses will not be updated from information provided on the registration form.

The home address currently on file for you is the permanent address provided on your application for admission. Local addresses should be updated once you have located housing in the Boston area. If your name or Social Security number has changed or is incorrect, these can be updated at the Office of the University Registrar at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor.  This information cannot be changed using the Student Link.

International Students

International students are required to check in with the International Students and Scholars Office after arriving on campus. For information about new student orientation offered by the ISSO, check this website.

Student Accounts

Once registered, you can view your student account on the StudentLink.

Payment should be submitted to the Student Accounting Services Office, not the Graduate School Office.

For more information, access Student Accounting Services.

Payment Deadlines

Medical Insurance

Please visit the Student Accounting Services site regarding Medical Insurance. This site provides important information about the BU Medical Insurance Plan, comparable insurance requirements and waiver of the BU Medical Insurance Plan. Part-time students and dependents of full-time students may choose to enroll in the medical insurance plan offered through Boston University.

Financial Aid

All Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students are required to complete the settlement process to be officially registered each semester.  A student will be charged a late fee if the account is not paid/settled by the payment deadline.  The payment deadline for Fall 2014 is Monday, September 15, 2014. For more information regarding loans, external funding sources and more, please visit the Financial Aid website.

Payment/Settlement Procedures

Sports Pass

The Sports Pass will automatically be charged to your student account if you are a full-time Charles River Campus student. The Sports Pass will allow you admission to 18 home men’s ice hockey and 18 home women’s ice hockey games, as well as 11 home men’s basketball and 11 home women’s basketball games (a $350 value).

For individualized information regarding your sports pass, or to cancel your sports pass, visit the Student Link. You may deduct the Sports Pass charge from the balance you remit if you list the cancellation on your invoice stub.

Student ID Cards

Once you are registered, you can obtain a student ID from the Terrier Card Office.  Student photo ID cards (Terrier Card) are issued at the Terrier Card Office, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level. Your student account does not have to be settled in order to obtain your student ID card.  You must present a picture ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport).  Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Withdrawal from the University

A student who is registered for a semester and decides not to attend must officially take a leave of absence or withdraw. Mere absence from classes does not constitute a withdrawal. A leave of absence should be taken when the student intends to return in a future semester; a withdrawal indicates a decision to permanently leave the University. Charges are canceled in accordance with the published refund schedule, based on the effective date of the withdrawal or leave of absence.

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Information Services & Technology

Links for computing resources on campus, as well as information on where to obtain support for your personal computer can be found at

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